I have never created a Web Quest for myself or for my students and I feel that I have much to learn in this area. There are many areas of learning within the Intraoral Dental Assisting Program where the students would benefit greatly by using a Web Quest; one of those areas is learning how to manage Dental Software.
After searching the internet I came across a Web Quest that is actually geared toward the learning of Dentrix Software, which is the same software I teach my students in their Practice Management Module. Although this Web Quest was created for a Dental Hygienist Program, the learning is the same.
The Web Quest I found was very similar to the way in which I teach the information, but having all of the assignments and steps laid out in a Web Quest seems more efficient for both myself and my students.
The subject has many different areas such as:
- how to create a new patient chart
- how to book appointments
- how to create a treatment plan
- how to take payment or submit documents to insurance companies
The following layout would work well for any of the topics within the subject.
The following is the information I would need to provide to the students in a well-rounded Web Quest:
- Introduction to the Assignment
- Clear learning objectives and outcomes of the assignment/s
- a rubric or some sort of evaluation
- an outline of any Classroom processes that must take place before the tasks are attempted by the students
- discussion, demonstrations, videos, etc.
- embedded videos, tutorials, websites for more information
- An outline of the task/tasks to be completed by the students with clear instructions
- a conclusion
The following are helpful videos for the students:
In conclusion a Web Quest should be clearly outlined with clear objectives and outcomes in order to provide a student centered learning environment.